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Princeton's WordNet

  1. traffic jam, snarl-upnoun

    a number of vehicles blocking one another until they can scarcely move


  1. traffic jamnoun

    A situation in which all road traffic is stationary or very slow.


  1. traffic jam

    Traffic congestion is a condition in transport that is characterized by slower speeds, longer trip times, and increased vehicular queueing. Traffic congestion on urban road networks has increased substantially since the 1950s. When traffic demand is great enough that the interaction between vehicles slows the speed of the traffic stream, this results in some congestion. While congestion is a possibility for any mode of transportation, this article will focus on automobile congestion on public roads. As demand approaches the capacity of a road (or of the intersections along the road), extreme traffic congestion sets in. When vehicles are fully stopped for periods of time, this is known as a traffic jam or (informally) a traffic snarl-up. Traffic congestion can lead to drivers becoming frustrated and engaging in road rage. Mathematically, traffic is modeled as a flow through a fixed point on the route, analogously to fluid dynamics.


  1. Traffic Jam

    Hal, Loi, Malcolm and Reese are trapped in a horrendous traffic jam. Francis enters himself in a bet that recalls the egg-eating wager in "Cool Hand Luke." Malcolm becomes smitten over a girl he meets. Dewey has his own little adventure--all over the world--before his family returns home.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of traffic jam in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of traffic jam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of traffic jam in a Sentence

  1. Pasang Tenzing Sherpa:

    There was of course some traffic on the way up, I mean quite a long traffic jam. But as long as you know the techniques, how to pass the traffic, it doesn't matter how much there is, the important thing is the oxygen.

  2. Paul Dergarabedian:

    It’s a traffic jam out there, the marketplace is monumentally overcrowded and there are too many films that don’t have a solid chance to do well.

  3. Richard Leakey:

    We can't say to the Nairobi resident: 'You have to sit in a traffic jam for the rest of your life,'.

  4. Mel Smothers:

    There was this traffic jam of all traffic jams, it was worse than trying to leave a Grateful Dead concert, we moved along for about half a block and then it was solid.

  5. Arnold Schuler:

    Tourists come here to hike and to see beautiful places, not to find themselves in a traffic jam.

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    sound of something in rapid motion
    • A. whirring
    • B. alternate
    • C. disjointed
    • D. frantic

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